Modern Languages

Elena Deanda-Camacho

Associate Professor of Spanish / Director of the Black Studies Program

Elena Deanda-Camacho is an associate professor of Spanish and Director of the Black Studies Program at Washington College. She received her BA from the University of Veracruz, Mexico, and her PhD at Vanderbilt University. Besides literature, she has studied philosophy, religion, and medieval studies in Mexico, France, and the USA.

Deanda studies transatlantic Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment in Spain and New Spain. Her research focuses on literature deemed obscene by the Spanish Inquisition in Spain and the Americas, and more broadly in obscenity, censorship, and freedom of speech. She has published articles on colonial folk music, Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Sor Juana, and Teresa de Cartagena.

She is currently writing a book entitled Pornopoetics: The Poetics of Pornography in Eighteenth Century Europe.

Education

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2010

B.A. University of Veracruz, Mexico, 2001

Research

Golden Age, Baroque, and the Enlightenment

Gender studies, queer theory, critical race theory, critical theory

Spain and Mexico

Teaching

How to Make Love in Early Modern Spain 

Love and War in the Spanish Golden Age

Crusaders, Conqueror, and Immigrants

Afro (Latin) America

Tequila Gang: Mexico Across the Centuries

Forbidden Literature

Publications

“Sor Juana, doctora en Teología: la sabiduría y el conocimiento en los villancicos de 1676.” Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry
22.2 (2017): 191-216.

“Quixotic Sade: Echoes of Cervantes in 120 Days of Sodom.” Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture 46 (2017): 21-33.

“La fatalidad del poder: La Muerte como el Papa y el Inquisidor en Las Cortes de la Muerte de Micael de Carvajal y Lope de Vega.” Bulletin of Comediantes 67.2 (2015): 157-76.

“Speak in SIlence: The Power of Weakness in the Works of Teresa de Cartagena.” eHumanista 29 (2015): 461-475

“Maldito ‘Jarabe Gatuno:’ Poeticas de la censura inquisitorial en la Nueva Espana.” Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 10 (2014): 25-36. 

 “Percances de la memoria: El sujeto y la colectividad en La versada de Arcadio Hidalgo.” Ed. Donaji Cuellar. Literatura de tradicion oral de Mexico: Generos representativos. San Luis-Xalapa: Colegio de San Luis-U of Veracruz, 2012. 197-221. 

 “Maria Candelaria y Oficio de tinieblas. Representando a la mujer indigena en el Mexico del siglo XX.” Semiosis 13.1 (2011): 69-84.

 “The Politics of a Colonial Folksong: Male Bonding, Pardos’ Chuchumbe, and the Inquisitorial Body.” Transverse 10 (2010): 15 pp.

 “El chuchumbé te he de soplar: sobre obscenidad, censura y memoria oral en el primer ‘son de la tierra’ novohispano.” Mester 36 (2007): 53-71.

 “On Joy, Death, and Writing: From Autobiography to Autothanatography in Clarice Lispector’s Works.” Working Papers in Romance Languages 1.1 (2006) Vol. : Iss. 1, Article 5.

 

Reviews:

Review: “Consul Jones y otros poemas” by Gerald Manley Hopkins, translated by Delia Pasini; and “Paisaje interior” by Gerald Manley Hopkins, translated by Tedi Lopez Mills. The Hopkins Quarterly XLII.1-2 (2015): 76-80.

 Review: “The Inquisition in New Spain 1536-1820. A Documentary History by John Chuchiak IV.” European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 94 (2013): 136-137.

Review: “No solo ayunos y oraciones. Piezas teatrales menores en conventos de monjas (Siglo XVIII). Por Maria Sten y Raquel Gutierrez Estupinan.” The Latin Americanist 52.3 (2008): 105-107.

 

Miscellannous Writing: 

“From Hell to Hell: Bodily Regimes and Archival Research in Mexico, Spain, the Vatican, and France” Dieciocho 39.2 (2016): 296-301.

“Introduction to Silence Revisited: Censorship, Regulation, and Freedom of Speech,” Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 10 (2014): i-iii.

 

Creative Writing:

“Parentesis.” Ambitos Feministas 4 (2014): 131-133. 

Breve Cronica del Deseo. Xalapa: Durandarte, 2003. Excerpt here. Review here.